JOHN YANG: The disclosure that President Trump allegedly asked Jim Comey to drop an FBI investigation has raised the question of whether this may constitute obstruction of justice. To try to understand this, we are joined by Michael Waldman. He is president of the Brennan Center for Justice at the NYU School of Law. He also worked for President Bill Clinton. And William Jeffress, he is a trial lawyer who has worked on criminal and civil cases at Baker Botts.
Will Democrats find a way to obstruct his confirmation or will it be smooth sailing? GOP strategist Chris Turner weighs in. The Senate Judiciary Committee opens its confirmation hearing Tuesday for former Attorney General William Barr to become attorney general again. Is there no one eligible to become the next attorney general who doesn't have a more than 25-year personal relationship with Special Counsel Robert Mueller? Mueller is investigating whether President Trump or his associates conspired with Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign to help Trump get elected. Barr, who is expected to win Senate confirmation to become attorney general in the Trump administration, would become Mueller's supervisor if confirmed.
The Supreme Court vacancy caused by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has fueled more curiosity in the high court, as President Trump is set to announce his third nominee. The next nominee to the Supreme Court would be just the 115th justice since 1789. During that time there have only been 17 chief justices. The average tenure of a justice is 16 years. Justice William Douglas is the longest-serving member of the court, 36 years, seven months from 1939-75.
Guy Jones sits with his family at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota. They've gathered to try and stop a major oil pipeline from being built under the Missouri River that they argue will not only desecrate ancestral lands, but could potentially leak oil directly into their water supply. For Guy Jones of the Standing Rock Sioux Indian tribe, this past week has marked an awakening for Native Americans. Jones, along with his family and hundreds of others from tribes across the country, camped at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota in objection to the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. The pipeline is supposed to stretch across 1,100 miles, some of it running close to his tribe's ancestral land.
Recently, Judy Woodruff sat down with a Nixon administration official who was in the thick of it back then and is watching today's news with a wary eye. JUDY WOODRUFF: It was a political drama with parallels today, one that pitted a president against the U.S. Justice Department, and jolted Washington on the night of October 20, 1973. President Richard Nixon that day was trying to get rid of the special prosecutor investigating the Watergate scandal. His attorney general, Elliot Richardson, refused to carry out the order and resigned. Richardson's deputy, William Ruckelshaus, who immediately became acting attorney general, also refused, and he followed Richardson out the door.